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Showem



Joined: 22 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2003 2:46 pm    Post subject: End of course certificate Reply with quote

I have a 3 day business intensive with some participants coming up and it's the first time I have to issue certificates myself. What would you suggest putting on them? I've thought of things like number of hours taught, subjects covered and my company's name of course, but I'm still trying to decide how to phrase them and if anything else needs to be on certificate.

Any suggestions?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2003 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your help. Confused

Do you mean to tell me none of you issue certificates to your students at the end of a course?
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sita



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 10:22 am    Post subject: sorry Reply with quote

sorry showem!

Mine take LCCI exams,TOEFEL, Cambridge (proficiency etc) or an exam at the German IHK.
I discourage my students from expecting a certificate issued by me/the language schools.

I always tell them my honest opinion: If they wish to use their courses to apply for a new job- it is a fact that in Germany only "proper" certificates are taken seriously. A language school would hardly issue an unbiased certificate.

I am happy to prepare them for a test where I have NO influence on their marks and they can judge themselves and my teaching skills by their examination results!

Siān
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Maltezer



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2003 5:19 am    Post subject: certificates Reply with quote

I think a 'vague' So and so has successfully completed Such and Such a course is pretty standard. It's this format used at a British University summer school at the end of their typical four-week courses.

This way you have not promised anything in the way of capability.

Jane
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noonlite



Joined: 23 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2003 6:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They generally say the name of the course and the number of hours or the nature of qualification that results from the course along with the name of the student, dates, etc. "This is to Certify that Carlos W. Whatever has completed a blah blah course at such a level on this date in this place" Be sure to use fancy almost illegible old style fonts and print it on heavy stock paper lol
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2003 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your replies.

Actually Sita, I teach in Germany too and I have found that most want a certificate, even if just for themselves. They have something to show their bosses (who probably paid for the course) and also to their colleagues.
Hey, I run a business, and if an impressive looking certificate on heavy stock paper (I do get the irony Noonlite Wink ) impresses their colleagues enough to take a course from me, I'll use it. May sound cheap, but I have had students tell me that it was their colleague's certificate that first interested them in a course. Not the final decision maker, but enough to get them to ask more about it.
Jane, thanks for the tip about not promising cabilitiy by keeping it somewhat vague. Makes sense.
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AM



Joined: 30 Mar 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Every year I give fancy certificates to my students (elementary school) with their current level printed on them. I also put "seals" on them for "Great Improvement" or "English Mastery."

Why?

- They will be recognized at the end-of-the year awards ceremony.
- They will have "proof" of their language level, which would be useful mostly only if they returned to their home language.
- They like them and are excited, happy, and proud.
- Their parents like them and are excited, happy, and proud.

I can't see any drawbacks, but would like to hear what the others think. If a certificate that says "Novice Low" excites a kid, it's no skin off my back...
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